Natalie is smartly planning ahead with room colors that can suit both genders without being blah. She shares: We wanted to have a room that was affordable and that had an easy color palette in case it might someday be shared with a brother. Any more "girlish" fabric can be easily swapped for something that is more gender neutral.
We have family heirlooms interspersed throughout (paternal great-great-grandmother's buttons on the curtain, maternal great-great grandmother's rocker, mom's dance costume, grandmother's silver cup (etc.). There is even a dresser turned changing table that was rescued from my parent's church that was destroyed in the Windsor tornado.
The hanging flowers were a Martha Stewart steal from Marshall's for $2.99. My mom and mother-in-law made all of the bedding. I found the red mirror at Ross for $30 and received a 15% discount because of a paint chip. It was the first thing I found and I knew right away I wanted to revolve the nursery design around it. The baby high chair and crib were mine as a kid and we painted them. Bottom line- cheap, fun, and flexible! 6 week old Genevieve already seems to love the bright colors in her little room!